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347Instructions for Seekers, Shabda Yoga, Yoga of Light & Sound PT 2

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    Jul 28, 2006
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      Instructions for Seekers, Shabda Yoga, Yoga of Light & Sound PT 2

      In Search of True Living Sant Satgurus

      Sant Mat Fellowship:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SantMatFellowship
      {"Come out of the circle of time,
      and into the circle of love." -- RUMI}

      Radhasoami Reality:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Radhasoami-Reality
      {Radhaswami Dayal ki Daya Radhaswami Sahai:
      "Grant Merciful Radhasoami Thy Grace and Protection"}

      A rather long post, but for those seeking to find a honest and
      competent living teacher (Sant Satguru), this may prove to provide
      some helpful guidlines.

      Namaste',

      James,
      Sant Mat Fellowship/Radhaswami-Reality


      Good Teachings Are Not Enough -- Purity of Character A Requirement

      "The recognition of a true spiritual master is the most difficult of
      tasks. However, the one who has purity of character (rectitude), who
      practices diligently the Yoga of Sound, and who can explain clearly
      Sant Mat (the path of saints) can be accepted and trusted and given
      devotion as a spiritual master. A person without rectitude or purity
      of character, regardless of the other qualities just mentioned,
      should not be regarded as a true master.

      "If one has accepted a spiritual teacher and later finds him or her
      lacking in rectitude, that teacher should be abandoned. In spite of
      the teacher's exquisite knowledge, association with that teacher is
      not desirable if he or she is lacking in moral character. As the
      aspirant is particularly affected by the teacher's moral character,
      it is imperative to avoid teachers without moral virtues. Purity of
      character is the essential quality of a teacher and if purity is
      lacking that teacher is no better than an animal. A teacher lacking
      purity of character or other essential virtues is a false spiritual
      teacher." (Maharishi Mehi, The Philosophy of Liberation)

      A Teacher with Personal Attainment, Experience, not Merely
      Intellectual Book-Knowledge

      "Who is worthy to be called a true or accomplished teacher? The one
      who has transcended the realm of ignorance and darkness and is
      established in the realm of knowledge and Light, is the true
      teacher. The true teacher goes beyond the material realm of forms
      and is established in the formless State of the Infinite (the
      Divine). The accomplished spiritual teacher gives the message about
      Reality only after testing this knowledge on the touchstone of his
      own personal experience. The knowledge of a true spiritual teacher
      is not simply based on intellectual knowledge, but also in personal
      experience." (Maharishi Mehi)

      "Do satsang, search for a teacher, and choose an
      accomplished spiritual teacher. Without finding a true
      teacher one can not tread the path of knowledge." (Maharishi Mehi)

      "The teacher is not merely a human body. He/she is knowledge
      incarnate. Therefore, only the one who is able to give the knowledge
      of God should be considered as the spiritual teacher." (Maharishi
      Mehi)

      "The Guru is a manifestation of wisdom, and an
      aspirant should acquire this knowledge. Without the
      understanding of true knowledge and moral principles,
      there is neither a guru nor the true seeker." (Kabir)

      On Following a Teacher Unaware of the Sound and ALL the Inner Regions

      251. If a person at the outset finds a teacher who does not know the
      mystery of Shabd, but subsequently finds a Sat Guru versed in Shabd,
      he should give up the former and submit himself to the Satguru. To
      quote a couplet: 'Do not hesitate to give up a false (imperfect)
      guru, otherwise you will not find the portals of Shabd and will go
      on missing the right path again and again.'" (Sar Bachan Prose, Book
      Two, Sayings of Soami Ji Maharaj)

      On Adopting the Teacher of the Highest Order

      252. He, who first meets a guru who knows the secret of Shabd but
      has not yet attained perfection, but later on meets the Satguru who
      is perfect in Shabd practice, should consider the previous guru as
      included in the perfect Satguru and take the protection of the
      Latter. (Sar Bachan Prose, Book Two)

      From "Instructions for Seekers, Surat Shabda Yoga, The Yoga of Light
      & Sound", By Swami Ji Maharaj, Baba Faqir Chand, and, Dr. I.C.
      Sharma, Manavta Mandir, Sutehri Road, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

      The Chand translation of Swami Ji's Hidayatnama: Esoteric
      Instructions to the Initiates, by H.H. Swami Shiv Dayal Ji Maharaj

      The Sermon on the Levels of Sainthood,
      The Practice or the Yoga of Sound,
      The Secret of the Pathway of Sound,
      and Different Stages of Ascent on this Path
      Given by
      The Perfect Master Radhaswami Dayal
      In the midst of his devotees.

      Hidayatnama, Swami Ji Maharaj:

      Those aspirants who are keen to see the Supreme God, to accept the
      truth of religion, to recognize the highest religion, and who want
      to adopt the simplest technique of God-realization, are the worthy
      and deserving receivers of this message.

      Such seekers should try to detach themselves from their families
      gradually and resign the well-being of their wives and children to
      God. They should give first preference, or priority, to the
      association of saints and those perfect masters who are adept in the
      practice of Surat-Shabda Yoga, the Yoga of Light and Sound. Such
      perfect masters engage themselves in the practice of listening to
      the infinite Sound within, their eyes turned inward, fixing their
      attention on the third eye. In such a practice, the practitioner
      brings the gaze of both his eyes to one point and elevates his
      consciousness by listening to certain defined sounds of the spheres.
      If such a saint is not available easily, one should approach a
      master who practices meditation and concentration in the heart by
      control of the breath. The association with such teachers will also
      remove the weakness of the aspirant's mind by purifying it, which
      will ultimately bring some inner enlightenment: But the real peace
      will come by the association with those perfect masters who are
      truly adept in the technique of Surat-Shabda Yoga.

      The next step for the aspirant is to go to the refuge of a perfect
      saint to love and serve him physically, mentally and financially in
      an efficient way. By serving the master, the disciple draws the
      attention of the master to him. He should contemplate the face of
      the master continuously for an hour or even two without distraction.
      By doing this, the disciple receives a powerful radiation from the
      master. He should gradually increase the time of such practice and,
      when on a particular day, or moment, the gaze of the master turns
      toward the disciple, the effect will be to instantly purify the mind
      of the disciple. Then, when the master imparts instructions, the
      disciple's soul. will catch the sound of the sphere.

      After that, it is necessary that the disciple continue the practice
      meticulously as a routine for two, three, or four times a day,
      according to his leisure. If the mind intrudes with doubts and
      worries by raising unnecessary questions, one should return to the
      master and petition his help, then try to engage in the practice
      wholeheartedly. With the grace, affection and support of the master
      and personal effort, one will make progress gradually. ////////


      From Chapter IV Commentary on Hidayatnama
      Yoga of Light and Sound for the Seekers
      Commentary by Baba Faqir Chand:

      Swami Shiv Ji Maharaj (Swami Ji Maharaj), an incarnation of the
      Supreme Person, witnessed the Indian Revolution of the Army for
      India's Independence in 1857. The cruelties and atrocities of the
      revolution deeply affected his sensitivities. Since he was a man of
      compassion and a great lover of humanity, he tried dispassionately
      to find the causes of the revolution, and came to realize that
      ignorance of the true meaning of religion, and fanaticism in
      religions and sects, were to a great extent responsible. To often
      people everywhere commit cruelties and atrocities in the name of
      religion, and certainly that revolution was not free from religious
      bias.

      As a result Swami Ji was prompted to write Hidayatnama: The Yoga of
      Light and Sound, a small book designed to remove the ignorance of
      the religionists, and also for the innocent people who are
      influenced by those religionists. He said that the true seekers who
      want to know and see God and follow the true religion should
      associate with the saints. Why did he say this? Because at that time
      religious sentiments were rife all over India, hundreds of religious
      denominations and sects having cropped up among the Hindus and
      Muslims. Today with more tolerance, religious differences are not as
      tense as they were just a few decades ago. It has been observed that
      a person usually will stay with an idea or thought, once influenced
      by it, and is not ready to give it up easily until or unless he is
      influenced by some other thought or idea which is more vital than
      the previous one....

      The Master instructed that one should associate with saints if one
      is keen to see the Supreme God face to face. The aspirant is advised
      to gaze at the face of his Master continuously, without the blink of
      an eye. Actually, this is the best way to concentrate one's mind,
      which is always busy pondering some problem or other. A saint or a
      Faqir has a subtle mind and his vibrations will certainly help the
      disciple to fix his mind at one point. The company or association of
      saints helps the disciple to become like saints since no one can
      ever have the discrimination or the ability to understand the Truth
      without that fixity of mind.

      In an interview, one disciple of Param Dayal Ji Maharaj asked many
      important questions about the nature of the spiritual search. His
      answers will help in that understanding.

      Disciple:-Hazur, what is a saint or Faqir?

      Faqir:-A saint or Faqir is one who really lives in the essence of
      Reality, or in Satloka, the region of Truth. He is absolutely free
      from anger, jealousy, fear, hatred and the idea of duality. All
      tendencies (Samskaras) and mental apprehension are integrated in him
      in his normal state. He has a very stable mind, a stability which is
      attainable only through strict discipline. The saint is like a deep,
      peaceful ocean, who lives his life without being disturbed....

      In the words of Swami Ji Maharaj:

      Sadguru Khojo Ri Pyari,
      Jag Main Durlabh Ratan Yahi.

      "My dearest aspirant! Continue your research for a true and perfect
      master, because he is rare like a precious diamond."

      The masses adopt a Guru, merely on reputation, without making
      thorough research themselves. That is why they do not find real
      Gurus. If such rare saints are difficult to find, one should
      associate with those saints who are on the way to perfection. Only
      those persons are capable of uniting with God, or Truth, who
      consider other human beings equal to themselves and hold no
      jealousy, hatred, or other negative ideas in their mind....

      Disciple:-But, most of the disciples have been associated with their
      Gurus for a very long time. Why then, have they not attained
      anything that is granted by a saint? Also, the Gurus have been
      engaging their disciples in different kinds of services. Why do they
      advise some disciples in one way and others in a different way?

      Faqir:-In fact, a true master knows very well why a special disciple
      has come to his refuge. Some Gurus, who are keen to recruit as many
      disciples as they can, to exploit those people who are in trouble.
      But a true or perfect master never exploits his dear disciples. He
      loves them and advises them according to their respective
      backgrounds and capabilities, which are different for different
      people. He tells his disciples to be engaged in different kinds of
      activities, which either help them to fulfill their worldly desires
      of material things, or to rid themselves of those desires after a
      good deal of experience. A person can never realize Truth, or attain
      peace, as long as he is a slave to passions and desires. That is why
      Hidayatnama clearly says that first a devotee should resign his
      desires for wealth, prosperity, and family to the will of God and
      then go to the saints for guidance. In this way all his problems
      will be solved. Those who do not follow these instructions take a
      longer time to resolve their problems. The order of the perfect
      master and the path suggested by him should be considered as
      supreme. The seeker would experience peace and bliss by applying the
      instructions of his master to his practical daily life....

      Many Gurus are concerned with accumulating wealth and fame and their
      disciples are equally motivated by worldly desires. So instead of
      being enlightened and liberated, seekers are more and more involved
      in material things and thus subjected to the cycle of birth and
      death. When a Guru who is the true practitioner of The Yoga of Light
      and Sound is found by a disciple who is truly desirous of being
      freed from the spatio-temporal world, then and only then the
      relationship of the disciple and the master has some
      significance. ////////

      Instructions for Seekers, Shabda Yoga, Yoga of Light & Sound PT 2

      In Search of True Living Sant Satgurus

      [To be continued...Part Three will pertain to the Inner Regions
      experienced during Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation.]